(Last Updated on : 21-11-2014)
Thangasseri beach is one of the popular picturesque holiday destinations of Kerala
. The beach is essentially a part of the small town of Thangasseri. It is famous for its Historical significance. The town of Thangasseri boast a rich historical past. The term Thangasseri means 'village
'. In the earlier days, gold was used as a currency and local trade was thriving. Scuba diving
, catamaran riding, deep sea fishing are the other highlights of the beach. The beach lures nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts from all parts of the world.
Location of Thangasseri Beach
The Thangasseri beach is located at a distance of five kilometres from Kollam town
Attractions of Thangasseri Beach
Steeped in history, the beach was the favourite of the Portuguese, Dutch and the British. The beach stretches for three kilometres and bears the remnants of the Thangasseri Fort and churches
built in the eighteenth century. The Thangasseri Fort is a historical monument under Archaeological Survey of India
. The ruins of the building can still be noticed in the area.
Another prime attraction of the beach is the lighthouse, which is located at a height of one hundred and forty four kilometres. It was constructed a century ago with the aim of guiding fishermen and sailors, along the reef riddled coastal waters
. Visitors are allowed to climb to the top of the tower only during the afternoon hours.
Those who are fond of handicraft items can visit the beach side stalls. Coir, coconut
materials and sea shells handcrafted by local artisans can be purchased from the shops. The handmade materials exhibit the refined ethnic craftsmanship of the village.
Other Attractions of Thangasseri Beach
It offers excellent opportunities to indulge into various fun activities like surfing, scuba diving, catamaran riding, deep sea fishing and speed boating. People can also go for swimming
as the water is calm. Sunbathing is a popular pass time activity among the tourists.
Accommodations at Thangasseri Beach
The town of Kollam has a range of hotels and lodges. From inexpensive to luxury, tourists have the option of choosing accommodation as per their budget.
Connectivity of Thangasseri Beach
The Thangasseri beach is easily accessible from all parts of Kerala and world as it has an efficient transport network. Kollam Railway
Station, situated 5km away from the beach, is the nearest railway head. The closest air port is Trivandrum Int'l Airport (TRV) which is located 71 km from Thangasseri.